Dec. 16: Women here will now have a platform to push for solution of various grievances, thanks to an initiative of the social welfare department that involves opening of women’s clubs in eight blocks of Kamrup (metro) and Kamrup districts.
Four clubs each in all the four blocks of the two districts will be opened and any woman can register herself as a member of a club.
A woman with any grievance related to legal issues, health, unemployment, domestic violence or any other problem related to the area she may be residing in can bring it to the notice of the authorities concerned through the platform the clubs will provide.
The members of the clubs will be local women of the particular block and the child development project officers of the respective blocks will monitor the activities of the clubs.
“The women’s clubs will be formed with the aim to allow them to bring to light their various grievances. The formation of these clubs will be immensely helpful if they are run efficiently. Any woman can register herself in such a club by simply paying a nominal fee of Rs 5. Each of these clubs will also have a working committee, the members of which will be elected from among the women of that particular block,” Hemi Bora, district social welfare officer for Kamrup and Kamrup (metro) districts, said.
“If a woman has any problem regarding her health, employment or if she is a victim of domestic violence she can inform the club members, who in turn will guide her on how to access help. Women will also be able to access information on various social schemes as well as guidance on how to avail of them. Apart from this, the members of the club can also take up any problem faced by the residents of their locality and inform the department concerned to find a solution. For instance, if the area is having water problems, the matter can be taken up with the public health engineering department,” Bora said.
The social welfare department will also conduct discussions on varied issues related to the welfare of women in these clubs from time to time.
“There are many women who still have no knowledge about various issues. Hence, we will arrange for trained resource persons from varied fields to speak on different issues like women health, their rights and how to safeguard them as well as how they can create livelihood options for themselves with the resources available at hand,” Bora said.